Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month.  This time of celebration, remembrance, and recognition began in 1915 as “Negro History Week” and coincided with both Abraham Lincoln’s and Fredericks Douglass’s birthday. Since then it has grown tremendously through the work of African American churches, organizations, and others dedicated to preserving the past.

The John J. Wright Museum welcomes you this month, and every month, to explore the history of African Americans in Spotsylvania County.